Jackie Smith to step down as NMC Chief Executive

14 May 2018

Jackie Smith has today announced her decision to step down as Chief Executive and Registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) after over six years in the role. Jackie will leave her post at the end of July 2018.

Chief Executive and Register Jackie Smith said:

“It’s been an honour to lead the NMC over the past six years and I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved. Now is the right time for someone else to take the organisation forward.

“I want to pay tribute to the staff at the NMC who have worked so hard and achieved so much during my time here.

“I’d also like to thank the nurses and midwives on our register– it’s been a privilege to work with them and witness the fantastic care they deliver day in day out.”

Chair of the NMC Council Philip Graf said:

“Jackie has made an immense contribution to the NMC and I will be very sorry to see her leave.

“Public protection has always been at the heart of everything Jackie has done and she can take great credit for transforming the organisation into the high performing regulator it is today.”

Recruitment of a new Chief Executive and Registrar will begin in due course.

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